Glasgow Singers unite for a Charity Gig

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Glasgow based human rights organisation, Global Minorities Alliance (www.globalminorities.co.uk) has organised a charity fundraiser on 28 July at 6:30pm in city’s Stereo Club 22-28 Renfield Lane Glasgow G2 6PH in support of its current projects.

The event will also feature GMA’s current education campaign to develop a Primary School library project in Kibera slums of Kenya, one of the largest urban slums in the world. The slum library project was first launched in January 2016 after a request from Kenya was made to GMA to help support a slum school children. The slum school is currently supported by local women group and has no books and classroom material available. Previously GMA has donated Gifts boxes to the slum children.

GMA launched online fundraiser page and raised more than £1000 It seeks more funds up to £4,000 to develop a library with cupboards, tables, chairs, computer and other necessary material for school library.

The charity has also liaised Glasgow’s Netherlee Primary School which welcomed GMA’s members to present the project to primary school Children. GMA extends its heartfelt thanks to the staff, parents and the children who made it possible to raise books for children. GMA was donated close to 500 books by the school children. GMA has also established a Scottish Charity Books Abroad which deliver books around the world. Books Abroad will donate 5000 books to Slum School in Kenya on behalf of GMA. Thank you Books Abroad

The charity gig will feature Glasgow Singers Kirsten Easdale, Lord of the Mountain, Will Johnstone, Daryl Sperry, Mick Hargan, Baby Taylor and Bigg Taj. The gig has been supported by Glasgow’s Bloc + and Stereo which will also host the gig.

GMA would like to thank all its partners and especially BLOC+ and Stereo as well as the singers who all made the gig possible and for their kind, selfless gesture for the good causes.

To donate online on our campaign page: Please see the link here: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/f15lm9/ab/54brp6

To know more about our Kenya Project library see the link here: https://gmablog.org/2016/01/24/support-kenyan-slum-school/

To apply for Tickets see the link here: http://tickets-scotland.com/gla89 or write to info@globalminorities.co.uk

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Elie Wiesel: A decorated hero for the Persecuted

 

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Mr Wiesel died on 3 July 2016 in his home in Manhattan aged 87.

Few months ago, I first read Elie’s Wiesel  autobiographical book ‘The Night’ which is about his excruciating early experiences of Holocaust, etched on his mind as a 15 year old young boy. Captured and taken into the concentration camps in Nazi Germany, he was deprived of everything he held dear in his life. The loss of his immediate family members, dignity and above all his humanness. Having survived the Holocaust,  It later became his passion to speak out against the persecution which he continued to do so until his death. He argued that why during the Holocaust in Nazi Germany which killed 6 million Jews remained a silent story? How can we tolerate such an intolerance?

His sense of loss, anger, anguish,guilt and bitterness exude through his words:

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed,” Mr. Wiesel wrote. “Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever. Never shall I forget the nocturnal silence which deprived me, for all eternity, of the desire to live. Never shall I forget those moments which murdered my God and my soul and turned my dreams to dust. Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God himself. Never.”

The original manuscript of ‘The Night’ was written in Yiddish. It  was 800 pages long, later an abridged version was printed in French language ‘La Nuit’.

‘The Night’ became one of the most heart-wrenching stories I read in my life, the pain and agony encapsulated in the life of Elie Wiesel gives a reader a sense of contentment about one’s own life, no matter how tumultuous circumstance are around our lives, there is something to appreciate. ‘The Night’ became the expression of Mr Wiesel’s rebellion against God, his faith as well as to the causes of injustice, inequalities and persecution which became the pegs of the Nazi Germany death machine.

Mr Wiesel, became the decorated hero for the persecuted who received countless honours and awards from governments and institutions around the world. He also received a Nobel Prize in 1986 for his role in speaking against persecution, violence, repression and racism. He is also the recipient of more than 100 honourary doctorates.

Mr Wiesel remained a life-long advocate for human rights issues. He served on International Council for the Human Rights where he raised the South African Apartied, Argentinian ‘disappearance’ policy in the dirty war and the Bosnian genocide. He also gave hearing in front of UN Security Council to speak about Darfur humanitarian Crisis in September, 2006. Being the head of the Elie Wiesal Foundation which was established to raise horrors around the world and to promote dialogue on issues which cause divisions and deaths.

So rarely a single life has touched the hearts of millions with its soul-searching account that perpetuated the memory of Holocaust than Elie Wiesel. The Noble Prize Committee while conferring the honour noted;

“Wiesel is a messenger to mankind. His message is one of peace, atonement and human dignity. His belief that forces fighting evil in the world can be victorious is a hard-won belief.”

Wiesel is survived by his wife Marion, their son Shlomo Elisha Wiesel, and his stepdaughter Jennifer and two grandchildren.

The Wiesel legacy is to ‘speak the unspeakable’ and to be the ‘voice the voiceless’. The challenge though looks insurmountable for us in 21st century in midst of countless wide-raged conflicts in and around the world yet the very ‘mission’ has been meticulously executed by Mr Wiesel himself.  A real hero of our times whose life example can be a road map for everyone, from being a meaningless existence in a concentration camp to a meaningful and abundant life outside of it.

Photo0126Shahid Khan is the vice-chairperson of Global Minorities Alliance. He tweets @shahidshabaz

 

Late UK MP Jo Cox: The best of Humanity

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The recent murder of a British Member of Parliament, Jo Cox is a horrendous reminder of what politics of hate, violence, and indifference can do to those who pledge their lives for the public services and those who stand up to make difference in the lives of their fellow beings.

As Britain has witnessed its first assassination of an MP in more than 20 year, tributes from all across the world have poured in ever since. Mrs Cox was attacked in her own constituency when a man with mental illness shot and stabbed Cox on a West Yorkshire Street. The man is said to have his allegiance with far right group, Britain First. The Labour MP has been a lifelong champion of human rights, equality and social justice.

She will be remembered for all involvement with charitable causes as well as her work with the refugees as she became a powerful advocate of human rights such as to resettle more migrants and to provide  sanctuary to those fleeing war and persecution. As mentioned in a tribute  by Mrs Cox’s Sister Kim Leadbeater said that her sister was ‘perfect’ and ‘genuinely made difference’ in the community she worked with.

Earlier today in a memorial service she was remembered as ‘a 21st century good Samaritan’

Global Minorities Alliance remembers the services of this wonderful human being who loved humanity regardless of its colour, creed and background.

Mrs Cox left us with a legacy to confront hate, bigotry, intolerance and promote justice, peace and equality in all its shape and form is the challenge

Our heartfelt condolence to Jo’s husband, family and friends who have lost a loving wife, a caring mother, daughter, friend and above all a human being which worked tirelessly to make a difference in someone’s life.